Three Awesome Summer Dates in Nashville + Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / June 26, 2015

Bethany Michaels is the author of over a dozen steamy contemporary novels as well as a few Regency-set historicals and light paranormals. The first book in her “Naughty in Nashville” steamy country music series, Nashville Heat, was a finalist in RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice awards for Best Small Press Erotic Romance.     Three Awesome Summer Dates in Nashville by Bethany Michaels I moved to Nashville in 2006 and instantly fell in love with the city. I love the down-home feel to it—how friendly the people are, how unpretentious. I love the culture and history here, too. And the music. There’s music everywhere! From Broadway Street bars downtown, to bigger highly produced shows at LP Field, to street musicians, to small cafés and restaurants—there’s live music every night of the week, pretty much everywhere you go. I even went to a grocery store re-grand opening a couple years ago where there was a live band! With four kids at home, Hubs and I don’t out a heck of a lot, but here are some of the cool (cheap) things we’ve found to do in Nashville: Broadway Street and Second Avenue bars. From Tootsie’s to Coyote Ugly, to holes in the wall…

“What is romance?” by Cynthia Gail + GC Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / June 7, 2015

    My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our three dogs. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book.     What is romance? by Cynthia Gail Romance is a ginormous word, don’t you think? It can be the grandest performance, yet it can be the simplest action. And it’s something different to each of us at different times. It can be a five dollar bouquet of flowers that simply says I’m thinking of you or I hope you have a wonderful day at work. It can be an I Love You sticky note in your suitcase that surprises you at the start of a long trip, a much-needed foot rub, or your husband offering to do the dishes. In December, we see commercials with cars wrapped in red bows – dream vacations that take our breath away – beautiful diamond rings. Although romantic gestures of the grand variety are the events that the world sees and the memories we talk about for…

Clearer In The Night by Rebecca Croteau + Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / June 2, 2015

    Rebecca Croteau, Ree to her friends, lives with her family in the wilds of New England. She is owned by two cats, and enjoys discovering the various ways that one can enjoy string. She is fueled by coffee, and strong autumn breezes.     How does Clearer In The Night relate to the romance genre? by Rebecca Croteau I love romance novels. I love smut, and sex, and the intricacies of human interaction, and I don’t think there’s anything more powerful in our world, where the 24 hour news cycle tells us nothing but the latest horror or atrocity, than insisting on a happy ending. But when I wrote Clearer In The Night, I didn’t give it that classic happily ever after, and I’ve been vocal about how the book is romantic and smutty, but is not a romance novel. So why is that? I love romance novels—I’ve written romance novels, published one, and hope to publish more—but this novel is paranormal, new adult, and dark fantasy. If I didn’t hate the term “women’s fiction” so much, I’d probably argue that Clearer is that as well. When I wrote Clearer, one of my goals was to write a…

Rosanne Bittner’s Outlaw Hearts + Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / June 1, 2015

  USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is known as the “Queen of Western Historical Romance” for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West—and are often based on Rosanne’s personal visits to each setting. She lives in Coloma, Michigan, with her husband and two sons. This June Rosanne Bittner’s beloved title, Outlaw Hearts, will be back in print for the first time in over twenty years! To celebrate, we’re pleased to welcome the hero and heroine of the book Jake Harkner and Miranda Hayes, who will be sitting down with us today for a quick Q&A. What percentage of the house work would your spouse say they do? Jake: Pretty much all of it. Miranda: None. He’s gone too much – out chasing down outlaws. An Excerpt: Miranda watched Jake saddle up while she held the two gunnysacks full of supplies she had prepared for him. He gave Outlaw’s stomach a light punch. “Suck it in, boy,” he barked. “You don’t fool me, filling yourself up with air like that.” The horse’s belly contracted, and Jake tightened the cinch. “All I need is to be on a hard ride to get away…

Pacing the Story or Setting the Scene + GC Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / May 18, 2015

    Blair McDowell wrote her first short story when she was eleven and has never ceased writing since, although only recently has she been able to return to her first love, writing fiction. During her early years, she taught in universities in the United States, Canada and Australia, and wrote several highly successful books in her field.   Pacing the Story or Setting the Scene by Blair McDowell As writers we’re frequently reminded that we must pay attention to pacing in our stories, that we must “keep the story moving”. I like a fast-paced tale as well as the next reader, and as a writer, I know I should be getting on with the story. But I love setting a scene. I like painting verbal pictures. In Romantic Road my settings include the vibrant city of New York, a rustic lodge on a lake in Quebec, the old Roman road the Romantische Strasse in Germany, the cities of Salzburg and Vienna in Austria, and Budapest and Lake Balaton in Hungary. How could I not describe these places in all their splendor? The smell of old-growth forest and shimmer of a Quebec lake, the dark and forbidding medieval stone walls…